ISRO to launch navigation satellite

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The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch a satellite, to be a part of its navigation satellite constellation NavIC, on Thursday.

The satellite, IRNSS-1I is expected to replace IRNSS-1A, the first of the seven navigation satellites of the navigation satellite constellation whose three rubidium atomic clocks failed.

“India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty-third flight (PSLV-C41) in XL configuration will launch IRNSS-1I Satellite from First Launch Pad (FLP) of SDSC (Satish Dhawan Space Centre), Sriharikota,” the ISRO said.

This is the second attempt at replacing it.

A previous mission to replace the satellite, in August last year, had failed after the heat shield covering the satellite failed to separate.

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